Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Lifer -- Painted Bunting

I posted this "lifer" in the forums at WhatBird today and remembered I hadn't shared it here yet. I started birding in November 2017 and the bird I most wanted to photograph, but really didn't expect to see, is the Painted Bunting, the most beautiful bird in my state. Just eight months later, I accidentally found one when I heard a beautiful birdsong at Emerald Isle Woods Park and looked up and saw the rainbow! 🤩

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Birder Jason Ward's YouTube series

 Here's a good article about birder Jason Ward and his series on YouTube called Birds of North America. Read and watch!

Friday, March 29, 2019

Molting Cardinal

Two male Cardinals at the feeders today, and one is molting.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Pink sorrel

Pink wood sorrel (oxalis articulata) is growing and blooming in clumps of bright pink by the roadside in Onslow County and I stopped recently to take a photo. So pretty!

Pink sorrel

Osprey catches dinner

I was down by the water in Onslow County recently looking for songbirds when I noticed a large bird diving in the river, so I took some quick (blurry) shots with my camera. I didn't realize until later that it was an osprey and he'd caught a fish for dinner. Good for him but poor fish. :(




Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mystery lizard

This little lizard cautiously ventured across the patio recently. How beautiful! Especially those eyes! After reading and looking at photos on various web sites, I'm going to guess that it's a female green anole but I'm not sure at all. Do you know? Please comment!

Bluebirds by the bird house

I haven't seen any bluebirds at the feeders in Onslow County but they're hanging around the bird house so I think they must be ready to build a nest! I think there are two mated pairs. Bluebird babies are so cute!

Eastern bluebird (male)

Bluebirds (male, left & female, right)

Bluebirds (male, left & female, right)

Bluebirds (male, left & female, right)

Bluebirds (female & male pair on left; male on right)

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Hawk says hi

This hawk came and landed in a tree in the yard and waited just long enough for me to run and grab the camera and get a photo before he flew off. Thanks, hawk! I don't know much about hawks but I think this is a red-shouldered hawk. Thoughts?

A visit from a blue jay

I love blue jays! But they tend to be heard and not seen around our yard and feeders. They're very noisy in the trees and flying around but also shy, apparently, so I don't see them very often. When I do, it's exciting! I was glad to get some good shots of this character recently. :)

Blue jay

Blue jay

Blue jay

Monday, February 25, 2019

No home for house sparrow

This was the first and only time I've seen a house sparrow at the feeders in Onslow County, and he was quickly run off by a much smaller but very fierce chipping sparrow (last photo). Bless him. I hope he found his way back to his tribe.

House sparrow

House sparrow

House sparrow (left) & chipping sparrow (right)

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Daily birds, Onslow, Jan & Feb 2019

I photographed these birds in one location over several weeks in Onslow County, NC in January and  February 2019.

Chipping sparrow

Carolina chickadee

Carolina wren

Pine warbler

Yellow-rumped warbler

House finches

Dark-eyed junco

Tufted titmouse

Northern cardinal (male)

Hermit thrush

American robin

Northern mockingbird

Mourning dove

Blue jay

Brown-headed cowbird (male)

Red-winged blackbird (male)

Red-winged blackbird (female)

Common grackle

Turkey vulture

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Chickweed and deadnettle: Tiny beauties

Among the first tiny wildflowers of spring in NC are common chickweeds (Stellaria media) and henbit deadnettles (Lamium amplexicaule), each with flowers less than half an each wide and both intricate and beautiful when you look at them up close. Although they're sometimes dismissed as "weeds" (I loathe that word), they're actually both edible herbs. (Read more here and here.)

Common chickweed

Henbit deadnettle

Common dandelion, little sunbursts

The common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is one of the earliest signs of spring. I love to see them pop up in the yard, by the road and everywhere! Some consider them a nuisance, but not me! If you look closely, you'll see that each dandelion looks a bit different from the next and their bright, beautiful yellow faces look like little sunbursts. And of course, when a dandelion turns from flower to fruit (puffball) you can make a wish and blow! :)
>> More about common dandelion here.

Dandelion fruit